Thursday, August 6, 2015

SEVENTY YEARS AGO TODAY








At 8:15 a.m. on August 6, 1945 an American military bomber released an Atomic weapon on a civilian population.   The bomb detonated at 1900 feet above Hiroshima, Japan killing 140,000 of the 350,000 inhabitants.


Don't give me any shit a about ending the war early or collateral damage.   War is between military combatants.   An attack aimed at a civilian population is a war crime.  














Winners of wars get to write the history so you will not see this in a high school American or World history book.



A crime against humanity - but begs the question: are humans capable of humanity, or so egocentric that we can justify something as heinous as this.

Have a good day

the Ol'Buzzard

4 comments:

  1. Then they dropped the second one before Japan would surrender. War is a terrible thing...

    On a personal level they were expecting one million American causalities with an invasion of the Japanese Islands, where was your father this time in 1945?

    My Dad was on a tanker somewhere sailing around. The war ended, he was alive, he married my Mom and in time I came to be.

    The atomic bomb is a terrible thing. Hundreds of thousands of dead people is a terrible thing, It looks like most war is a crime against those who don't want to participate.

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    1. Between Hiroshima and Nagasaki the death tole of civilians - women, children, old people, babies, fathers, mothers, noncombatants - is estimated at 420,000 - nearly a half-million.
      And no birds sang!
      We can't justify that.
      Dropping these bombs was a crime against humanity...we get to write the history and we have tried to justify our actions - to white wash the carnage by claiming unknowable statistics as justification. There is no justification for mass murder of civilian populations.
      the Ol'Buzzard

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  2. After the massive losses invading Iwo Jima and Okinawa the casualty cost for landing on Krushu island alone was a million. Truman made the right call.

    Ron

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    1. Sarge; I have clicked on your identity icon on your comments and it doesn't take my to your new sight. How about a link - would like to view you again. By the way: how goes it?

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